Airline Review: Virgin Australia Domestic flight
Melbourne to Brisbane
It’s been awhile since I last flew with the Virgin family- the last time was a few years back on the virgin Atlantic service LAX-LHR service, so I was pleasantly excited when I received a text from Tiger airways before my flight letting me know i had been shifted to a different airline for my flight to Queensland.
I had begrudgingly booked on tiger air due to a last-minute decision to head north for the weekend. Prices had been hundreds of dollars more with Virgin and Jetstar, so Tiger it had to be. Now I was Virgin bound and looking forward to it.
Checking in was seamless. I only had carry on, so it was quick. I was surprised however to notice my travel partner and I were not sitting together, despite being on the same booking together and checking in together. We put it down to the plane being full already.
Boarding was quick and easy, with loading from the front and back of the plane possible, speeding up the process. As I took my seat I noticed how empty the flight actually was. On many aisles there was only one traveller! Very strange.
Service seemed good- the staff asked if anyone wanted food or drink (at a fee) but as it was a 7am flight, there were not too many takers. The meal selection included sandwiches and pies along with the usual chips, chocolates and mixed nuts. A can of coke is $4, and mini spirits $7, about Melbourne bar prices without the que!
Seats are comfortable but lacking seat back Tv’s as expected on a low-cost carrier for a short-haul domestic flight! But virgin do offer an excellent app with wi-fi on board. Once you have downloaded the app, you are able to connect to the aeroplanes wi-fi to watch movies and tv shows on your own device! Fantastic concept, but not me! I didn’t know about before boarding the flight, so I just have to assume it works!
The flight was pleasant and left Melbourne only a few minutes later than the expected departure time.
Virgin is considered the premium low-cost carrier in Australia, and after flying them again now, I am reminded why. The planes are new and comfortable, the general feel of the aircraft is nicer and more sleek than others. Service is great and they have. Good reputation of getting you from a to be in good time.Keep in mind, you pay for luggage when you book your flights, otherwise you will pay through the roof at check in for any additional luggage or being over weight, as with all “low-cost carriers”, which Virgin only falls under by default. In terms of service and reliability it is anything BUT low-cost!
Pay the extra $30 with Virgin to fly comfortably and with piece of mind!